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- 25th Sep 2011
- KO 08:30
- Ground: Wellington Regional Stadium
- Att: 35,000
Robinson rues costly error
Scotland side is 'devastated' after loss to Argentina
That team is grieving in the dressing room. It really is. It felt it got into an outstanding position.
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Scotland head coach Andy Robinson says one small lapse in concentration was responsible for the 13-12 Pool B defeat to Argentina.
Robinson's side must now defeat England to have any realistic hope of progressing to the knockout stages after losing out to the Pumas in Wellington.
Second-half drop goals from Ruaridh Jackson and Dan Parks had put Scotland six points ahead with just eight minutes to play but a late try from Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino turned the match around.
"Thirty seconds of madness has really cost us. We lost the game of rugby. We got to 12-6 and I felt we were in control of the game," Robinson said.
"The reason why we lost this game was just a moment of dropping off concentration. That team is grieving in the dressing room. It really is. It felt it got into an outstanding position."
Scotland failed to collect the restart following a Parks drop goal which had handed them the 12-6 lead, Graeme Morrison was penalised for offside and the Pumas worked it wide where Amorosino finished.
They then had the opportunity to get out of jail in the dying moments but Parks missed a drop-goal one minute from time after it had appeared Argentina had strayed offside, but Robinson refused to criticise referee Wayne Barnes.
"In all sport there's lots of ifs and buts. He (Barnes) didn't give the call when we wanted it to be given," he said.
"Whether we believe it should have been given or not he didn't give the call and we're disappointed that he didn't, but that's sport."
Scotland are level on points with Argentina, whose final pool game is against Georgia, so Robinson knows that the clash with England is now a must-win encounter.
"This is our last chance. The guys knew that it was a six-day turnaround, knew this game was going to be tough and they'll be ready to go in six days' time in Auckland," he added.
"Come 8.30 next Saturday there will be a Scotland side very fired up and a Scotland side I believe will be able to go out and win a game. We'll have some things up our sleeve ready to play England.
"We've got to put ourselves into a position to win the game."
Skipper Rory Lawson also said that the contest was decided by the narrowest of margins, but accepted that the Pumas may have deserved the victory.
"Ultimately it was going to be small margins that dictated the winner tonight and fair play, Amorosino took his try exceptionally well," he told ITV.
"On a night like tonight it was always going to be about controlling territory, controlling possession and building pressure and they maybe just won that contest."
Argentina coach Santiago Phelan believed that the never-say-die attitude of his players allowed them to come out on top.
"I think Argentina won the game because they never surrendered until the final whistle. They knew the game was 80 minutes long and they didn't give in," he said.
"They didn't hang their heads and that was evident, especially in the final three minutes when they defended. That's what we asked of them. That's what they did so we are very happy."